Meet Our Team

Executive Director

Tiffany Jackson |

Tiffany Jackson graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton) with a BA in Public Relations. She is a dynamic and motivated professional who is known for connecting people. In addition to grant writing, she has experience cultivating community partnerships, managing projects from conception to completion, designing educational strategies, and coaching individuals.

Tiffany has advocated for real-world experiences and equitable learning opportunities for youth for more than a decade. It is exciting for her when she can help young creatives discover their spark, passion, and unique rhythm.

Tiffany brings a wealth of experience as the former Director of Education at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Under her leadership, she expanded the reach of the arts education program to include PatioLive! – an engaging arts education workshop for older adult learners, the Teen Advisory Council for 14-18-year-olds, and the Girls of Color Discovering STEAM program for girls ages 13-18. She has also trained and developed new teaching artists throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area through ongoing professional development.

Tiffany is also a former community site manager for Big Thought; there, she found her roots in the use of all forms of art to impact the lives of middle school students in Pleasant Grove.

Tiffany volunteers in her community when she is not cultivating new partnerships at work. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and community advocate Edna Pemberton have recognized her community service work over the years. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented Tiffany with the 2020 Unsung Hero Award for Excellence in Art. She is the 2023 recipient of the 35th Annual A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award for Arts and Culture.

As the current Executive Director of FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA), Tiffany enjoys impacting lives, building relationships, and providing funding support for the future husbands, fathers, and leaders of BOMLA.

Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany Jackson - Executive Director
College Bound Advisor

Misty Williams, M.ED. |

Born in Dallas, Texas, Misty Williams is a product of Dallas Independent School District. After graduating from H. Grady Spruce High School, Misty continued her education at the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies and two master’s degrees—one in Higher Education and another in School Counseling.

Misty began her professional journey as an academic advisor at University of Texas at Dallas. It was during her time at UT-Dallas that Misty decided she could make a greater impact on students’ academic trajectory by working with younger age groups. The transition to K-12 brought Misty to Cedar Hill ISD for three years, then later as a middle school counselor for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

Misty Williams has led the College Bound Advisory Program for the FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy since its inception in 2018. Through her efforts, our young men secure over $8.7 million dollars annually in scholarships and grants.

Misty Williams, M.Ed.

Misty Williams, M.Ed. - College Bound Advisor
Administrative Assistant

Nora Cerda |

Nora Cerda attended Mountain View College after graduation where she obtained her associates degree. Her drive for learning encouraged her to enroll in the University of North Texas at Dallas to advance her career. In the spring of 2022, she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management & Leadership with a minor in General Business.

As an Administrative Assistant for FRIENDS, Nora is eager to grow both personally and professionally. Additionally, she is passionate about giving back to her community. When she is not working, Nora volunteers at her son's elementary school, and she is enjoys helping our brothers and staff succeed.

Nora Cerda

Nora Cerda - Administrative Assistant